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Generally favorable reviews- based on 46 Ratings

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  • Summary: You are a traveling painter, exploring the island of Eastshade. Capture the world on canvas using your artist’s easel. Talk to the inhabitants to learn about their lives. Make friends and help those in need. Visit cities, scale summits, unearth mysteries, and discover forgotten places.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Mar 6, 2019
    100
    A polished, immersive trek through a world so alluring it’s a shame it doesn’t actually exist, Eastshade is a must-play for anyone with the heart and mind to devote to this art- and craft-themed adventure.
  2. 90
    I am so excited by Eastshade. It was almost a privilege to play it. The whole experience is enriching in a way that too many games overlook, it is subtle and witty, and rewards intelligent choices and genuine immersion. Its design is incredible, both in physical terms and in terms of narrative and music. It is a secret space for the calm and quiet in us to reign supreme, and I am thrilled by the prospect of the games in years to come that will no doubt pay tribute to Eastshade.
  3. Feb 27, 2019
    90
    I love Eastshade. It was everything I wanted it to be and more. The world was beautiful and expansive, the storytelling was not only strong but often masterful, and the whole package left me with that post-game hangover that has you putting down every game after it. It’s still early 2019, but I have no doubt that Eastshade will remain one of my favorite games of the year and one of my very favorite exploration games of all time. If it were up to me, I’d never take that final ship back out of Lyndow.
  4. Feb 14, 2019
    80
    Eastshade Studio's latest release is a great, relaxing experience overall, although some under-developed features and a few dated gameplay mechanics prevent the game from reaching its full potential.
  5. Feb 19, 2019
    80
    Eastshade may have some serious technical problems, but it's a wonderful game that deserves a lot of attention.
  6. Apr 20, 2019
    77
    Annoying glitches, barebones backstory and simplistic painting mechanics do no credit to Eastshade, but still, this is a rare truly charming "walking simulator" as well as a perfect opportunity to visit a faraway land if your vacation is months away.
  7. Feb 20, 2019
    60
    A suprising, yet not balanced, melting pot of genre and inspirations that makes Eastshade a unique game, with a truly rich graphics atmosphere and a deep narration.

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  1. Positive: 11 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Feb 15, 2019
    10
    A really beautiful experience. It manages to be new and interesting without being wacky or alienating, providing a delightful character andA really beautiful experience. It manages to be new and interesting without being wacky or alienating, providing a delightful character and world-driven experience whilst avoiding violence in its mechanics. Eastshade creates a sense of place incredibly successfully.

    Absolutely charming and rewarding.
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  2. Feb 18, 2019
    10
    Best puzzle game since Portal. Absolutely beautiful!! What's not to love?
  3. Mar 11, 2019
    9
    Surprisingly, great game. Very beautiful and relaxing game. Funny characters, amazing music, great design make this game almost a masterpiece. 8.5/10
  4. Mar 14, 2019
    9
    Very comfy game. Highly recommended to adventure game fans. Mildly recommended to all game fans.

    PS. Extremely recommended to fans of not
    Very comfy game. Highly recommended to adventure game fans. Mildly recommended to all game fans.

    PS. Extremely recommended to fans of not having enemies jump at you anywhere in the game.

    8/10 actually but 9/10 for being original at being so comfy.
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  5. Feb 27, 2020
    9
    If the way you play Skyrim is wandering the countryside, doing various small tasks, hunting, camping, taking screenshots etc then Eastshade isIf the way you play Skyrim is wandering the countryside, doing various small tasks, hunting, camping, taking screenshots etc then Eastshade is more or less tailor-made for you. It's essentially a mini-version of Skyrim with a few small cities, beautiful vistas, interesting NPCs, quests, some mystery and exploration etc but no fighting. Instead you're a painter out to commemorate your mother's memory by painting her favorite spots around Eastshade, and along the way you'll meet and help the local people as well.

    Sounds boring? Well, it's not. At least not if you're of a slightly more mature disposition, rather it's a wonderful and relaxing game which proves that you can make a great open-world RPG which isn't combat oriented. I highly recommend Eastshade for people who like games along the lines of Skyrim, What Remains of Edith Finch, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, Journey, ABZU etc. Adventure game lovers, and anyone who enjoys an interesting setting and story, should feel right at home. A very memorable and unique experience overall.
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  6. Feb 16, 2019
    8
    I thought I was fed up with fantasy games and their lore, but to my surprise Eastshade draws me in. I think it's simply because it's not yeI thought I was fed up with fantasy games and their lore, but to my surprise Eastshade draws me in. I think it's simply because it's not ye ol' fighting warrior dragon blah blah narrative, but a story focused on artists, painting, writing, architecture, reading and creating. There's a laid back atmosphere, a calm demeanor in the characters you meet, that's contagious.

    The driving mechanic is to paint commissions for people to solve quests, and the concept works splendidly. It's exciting and engaging, at least for me who have an interest in photography. To solve a quest you could just sloppily get a corner of the thing you're supposed to paint into frame, but I spend a lot of time on finding the perfect angle and light, simply because I find it so enjoyable to compose. I'm itching to paint all the time, but there's an "inspiration meter" that has to be filled before you can paint - you get inspiration from seeing, experiencing or reading about new things - so I'm constantly driven forward by that enticing mechanic.

    I'm coming straight from screenshotting an AAA title, which makes the graphics a bit meh for me, but of course I understand why it is the way it is and I'm impressed with what they have pulled off here. I was also at first disappointed at the low quality of the paintings themselves, but it seems that doesn't stop me from internally screaming for painting everything I see. There are at the moment of release a lot of bugs, some unfavorable game mechanic kinks here and there, bad voice acting, and the weird, glaring omission of giving us the possibility to get a clear screenshot of our paintings to share. Added together these things drags the score down for me. Expect an excellent core idea, with the endearing flaws of a fresh indie game.

    I've been aching for years for a story driven game like this that doesn't shove constant combat in my face, and it's finally here. I'm so grateful!
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  7. Jun 6, 2020
    5
    Not for me. Played 30min and just couldn't get into it. It felt cheap and boring. The characters are pretty bland and nothing really caught myNot for me. Played 30min and just couldn't get into it. It felt cheap and boring. The characters are pretty bland and nothing really caught my interest and made me want to continue playing this game. Expand

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